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White pants can be incredibly chic — a crisp nod to breezy weather and carefree days. But for some shoppers, they can also be incredibly intimidating.
After all, they’re typically not as forgiving or resilient as their darker counterparts when it comes to providing coverage or, ahem, staying clean. We tapped style experts to share their top tips for shopping white pants and rounded up some of our favorite styles to enjoy until Labor Day (or, if you're not one to believe in fashion myths, beyond!).
Find the right fit
The first thing to consider when looking for white pants is style which, according to Kelly Dillon, style expert and podcast host of Kickin’ Back with Kelly, isn’t one-size-fits-all. “A white skinny can look great on some, but a trouser-like fit, such as a bootcut or wide-leg culotte, will typically work for most body types,” she advised.
“High-waisted flares are especially nice for those wanting to create an elongated shape. Just make sure you tailor the length so there isn't any bunching at the bottom,” added Colleen Scott, director of operations for RemoteRetail.
Pay attention to fabric thickness
Dillon said the next thing you’ll want to look at is fabric. “The stiffer and thicker the fabric, the more flattering the pant will typically be," she said. "Opt for a heavyweight cotton or denim which will better hold you in.”
A thicker fabric will also offer more coverage, which leads us to the common concern of transparency. As a general rule, you’ll want to try on pants to make sure they provide enough coverage. “If you can see the pocket liners, you will also probably be able to see your undergarments in the back, and [that's probably] not the look you're going for,” said Gloria Cospito, a New York-based fashion stylist and image consultant.
Pick a pure white for easy cleaning
Lastly, you’ll want to consider the shade, as more and more brands are offering a range of whites, creams and ivories. “Buying a pure white shade is the easiest to maintain because you can simply bleach them if you get them stained,” advised Dillon.
Now that you have a better idea of what to look for, browse some of our favorite white jeans and pants in a range of styles.
The best white jeans for women
No closet's complete without a comfortable pair of Levi's. Over 3,000 passionate Amazon shoppers rated this high-rise pair a perfect five stars, noting how flattering, soft and stretchy they are.
This tapered jean from Gloria Vanderbilt has racked up a strong 4.4-star average on Amazon for a flattering fit, soft fabric and just the right amount of stretch. Some love them so much they’re stocking up just in case they ever run out!
Slim but relaxed, these boyfriend jeans give any outfit a cool, old-school touch. They're made with Madewell's signature Heritage Stretch denim, hugging your natural curves in all the right places.
Give any outfit an edgy twist with these lightweight skinny jeans from Target. Made with a smoothing, sculpting spandex, these could easily be styled with your favorite T-shirt and statement kicks.
These five-pocket straight jeans from Levi's have become a wardrobe staple for their easygoing style and flattering inseams.
Accentuate your legs with these boot-cut jeans from Madewell. Best of all, its stretchy material means you don't need to break these in after purchasing them!
The best white pants for women
Almost 1,500 Macy's shoppers have given these tummy-control pants a perfect five-star rating and it's easy to see why. With a sleek silhouette that slenderizes your mid-section and a stretchy fit throughout, these pull-on pants are stylish enough to head back to the office or post-work drinks with your colleagues.
Who can resist a lightweight pair of linen pants during balmy summer days? Its elastic waist makes this pair the epitome of comfort.
These versatile chinos from Tommy Hilfiger go with just about anything in your closet. It also has loops, so we suggest adding a belt or scarf for a fun pop of color.
These low-maintenance crop pants from Loft have just enough stretch to feel comfortable without being too thin. They’re also machine-washable so you don’t need to worry about adding to your dry cleaning bill.
Available in regular, petite and tall sizes, these paperbag pants from Loft are equally fashion-forward and relaxed.
These minimalist slim-fit pants from Express are chic enough for the office, yet casual enough for summer happy hours.
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